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|Title: ||A Needs-based Approach for Health Human Resources Planning for Dentistry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
|Authors: ||Qutob, Akram|
|Advisor: ||Leake, James|
|Keywords: ||dental public health|
Health human resources
|Issue Date: ||25-Sep-2009|
|Abstract: ||This study aims to provide a human resource planning example to inform government bodies in Saudi Arabia to reallocate community resources towards better dental health. This was achieved by: conducting an inventory on
government human and structural oral health care resources in Jeddah and Bahrah; assessing the oral health status and treatment needs for Saudi citizens
following the WHO criteria for oral health surveys; exploring the potential differences between oral health supply and treatment needs; and providing 16
models of the number and mix of dentists and hygienists to balance requirements and supply.
We conducted a population-based sample survey to collect data on dental status and service requirements through self-administered questionnaires and clinical
examinations. We also conducted a census of dentists and assessed their total service output by means of self-administered questionnaires. The population’s
treatment needs time was estimated using the clinically assessed treatment needs multiplied by time units contained in the 2001 ODA fee-guide. Dentists’
available time was calculated from dentists’ questionnaires and the activity assessment forms. The times for treatment needs and supply of services were
compared to identify differences in treatment hours.
Of the 2000 participants aged 6, 12, 16, 24-29 and 35-44, 76.8% rated their oral health as excellent and 29.2% reported visiting the dentist at least once a year.
The prevalence of periodontal conditions as described by the CPITN was 86.1%. The caries prevalence for the permanent and deciduous dentitions was 71.3%
(mean DMFT=4.92) and 85.5% (mean dmft=5.45) respectively.
One hundred seventy-five government and university dentists (56.6% response rate) completed the total service output instruments. When the projected total
FTE-dentists needed to treat the incidence of oral diseases/ conditions (11,214) is contrasted with the total available supply in Jeddah and Bahrah (289 dentists)
the remaining FTEs needed to meet the needs becomes 10,925 FTE-dentists. Health promotion strategies and increased productive hours could reduce this to
2,729 dentists and 1,595 hygienists.
The General Directory of Health Affairs of Jeddah will need to develop different approaches to oral health promotion and/or care provision to meet the population
|Appears in Collections:||Doctoral|
Faculty of Dentistry - Doctoral theses
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